ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. hosted a conference call for media around the nation Monday, and I was able to ask him about Boise State’s NFL hopefuls, and he shared some insight into those most likely to be drafted in April.
Kiper has defensive end Kamalei Correa in his first round. Here’s what he said about him on the call:
“when you watch him, he can put his hand down, he can play in space, he can be an inside linebacker down the road. When he pins his ears back, he’s a tough guy to deal with coming off the edge. ... he’s got an attitude and aggressive qualities you love. He’s a good football player, I think very underrated.”
On safety Darian Thompson, who had a strong week at the Senior Bowl last month: “a big play safety. In this league, to be able to find the ball skills and be able to go out there, just impact the game and force turnovers, that’s Darian Thompson’s game. I think he’s a solid (second round pick).”
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On cornerback Donte Deayon: “Diminutive, but he’s an instinctive guy, playmaker as well. I think he has a role in the league as a third, fourth, nickel/dime guy in the third or fourth round.”
On offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo: “I think he will be a guard. He probably could end up being a fifth- or sixth-round pick.”
Correa, Thompson and Odhiambo will take part in the annual NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis. Correa will work out with the defensive linemen and linebackers Sunday, Thompson with the defensive backs Monday and Odhiambo with the offensive linemen Friday.